(USA) Adventure/Fantasy. Directed by Sam Raimi. Starring James Franco, Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz, Michelle Williams, Zach Braff. Category IIA. 130 minutes. Opened Mar 7.
(UK/USA) Directed by Simon Curtis. Starring Michelle Williams, Eddie Redmayne, Kenneth Branagh, Julia Ormond, Emma Watson, Judi Dench, Toby Jones. Category IIA.
(USA) Directed by Derek Cianfrance. Starring Ryan Gosling, Michelle Williams. Category III.
(USA) OK, so this does not quite pack a punch like any of Scorsese’s great gangster films. But still there is enough rough and tumble in this psychologically searing thriller to leave your head ticking over for a good while.
Dennis Lehane’s 2003 novel has been given a thoroughly good working over by screenwriter Laeta Kalogridis, who along with Scorsese, has taken us back to the era of stylish noir thrillers with this ingenious effort.
Category IIB. You might expect “Deception” to have strong appeal to a Hong Kong audience. Firstly, it’s about overworked bankers and lawyers. Secondly, it suggests overworked bankers and lawyers don’t need to be undersexed. Thirdly, it’s got Maggie Q in it. But alas, no audience could enjoy this would-be erotic thriller, not even in a city that ranks as far down the Durex sex survey results as ours.
(USA) “Hell is other people at breakfast.” Nobody knows the full Sartre quote better than Caden Cotard (Philip Seymour Hoffman). A theater director living in Schenectady, New York, he wakes up on an autumn day to find that everyone and everything has suddenly gone wrong. Despite his production of “Death of A Salesman” being a success, his painter wife Adele (Catherine Keener) leaves him to go to Berlin with her wicked friend Maria and their daughter.